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Father Paul H. Colloton, who has a Doctor of Ministry in practical theology with a concentration in word and worship from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, sings one of the chants that will be used in the celebration of the Mass beginning in Advent. Father Colloton was in Baton Rouge March 2 to provide the priests of the Baton Rouge Diocese an opportunity to learn the chants of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal. Photo by Laura Deavers | The Catholic Commentator

As the Catholic Church prepares for the introduction of the Third Edition of the Roman Missal on the first Sunday of Advent, the diocesan Office of Worship is conducting workshops throughout the diocese.

The four-hour workshops are designed to prepare church leaders – staff members, directors of religious education, school principals, faith formation directors, catechists, Catholic school teachers, church liturgical leaders, musicians, church parish council members, campus ministry coordinators – as well as parishioners for the upcoming changes in the Roman Missal that will take effect at the beginning of the liturgical year on Nov. 27, 2011.

To provide ample opportunity for people to attend, the workshops are being held in many locations throughout the diocese, in one-day or two-day sessions during the day and in the evening.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required so sufficient materials can be prepared for participants. Registration can be made at the diocesan website diobr.org by clicking on the Roman Missal 3rd Edition icon, or by calling 225-242-0120.Workshop registration closes two days prior to the event.

One of the workshops will be conducted by William Gokelman and David Kauffman, whose composition “Mass of Renewal” was chosen as the 2010 winner of the NPM competition for the best new Mass setting. Their Mass of Renewal composition will be used throughout the United States. Every church parish in the Baton Rouge Diocese has been asked to learn this music prior to the first Sunday of Advent.

This workshop, which will be on Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Thomas More Church, 11441 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, is intended for all musicians, cantors and choir members. For more information or to register contact the diocesan Office of Worship, 225-242-0120.

The schedule for the Roman Missal Translation Workshops:

March 14 and 15, 6 to 8:30 p.m. both nights, Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 616 East Main St., Gramercy.

The workshop will be in the parish center. Father Tom Ranzino, director of the diocesan Office of Worship, will give the workshop.

March 22 and 23, 6 to 8:30 both nights, Holy Family Church, 319 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen.

The workshop will be in Holy Family Church or across the street in the parish hall. Father Ranzino will give the workshop.

April 4 and 6, 5:30 to 8 p.m. each night, St. Louis King of France Church, 2121 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge.

The workshop will be in the school gym or a meeting room in the parish center, depending on the number of people who register. Signs will be posted. Father Paul Counce, pastor of St. Joseph Cathedral, will give the workshop.

April 7, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.

The workshop will be in Room 206 of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center. Charles Jumonville will give the workshop.

April 12 and 13, 3:30 to 6 p.m., St. Jules Church, 7165 Highway 1, Belle Rose.

The workshop, which will be held in St. Jules Church, will be given by Father Counce.

May 4, 12:30 to 5 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.

The workshop will be in Room 206 of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center. Father Counce will give the workshop.

May 14, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Albert the Great Student Center, 409 West Dakota St., Hammond.

The workshop will be held in the student center, and Jumonville will make the presentation.

May 16 and 17, 3:30 to 6 p.m., Catholic Life Center, 1800 S. Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge.

The workshop, which will be in Room 206 of the Bishop Robert E. Tracy Center, will be given by Father Ranzino.